What the Ladybug Heard

Julia Donaldson; illustrations by Lydia Monks

Henry Holt and Co.

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Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have a cunning plan: they’ll sneak past all the animals and steal the farmer’s fine prize cow. But they forget all about the tiniest, quietest creature on the farm—the ladybug. She has a plan of her own. 

Julia Donaldson turns her literary expertise to a farm setting, and comes up with a rollicking barnyard mystery. Lydia Monks' colorful collage illustrations go perfectly with the story for a winning combination. Readers will quack, neigh, moo, and cheer for the ladybug all the way through!

What the Ladybug Heard is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Praise for What the Ladybug Heard

“The appealing and brightly colored collage illustrations, rhyming text, and assorted animal sounds make it a natural for individual or group readalouds.”—Booklist

“An excellent read-aloud or lap book, it's full of slapstick action, animal noises, and repeated phrases that invite participation. Donaldson's rhymed verse is both rhythmic and skillfully executed.” --Publishers Weekly, STARRED review

Low on menace and high on clever silliness, this highly readable rhyming tale will have young listeners participating in the delivery of these unexpected variations on animal sounds and examining the last scene.” --Kirkus Reviews

 

“The playful rhyming text flows without stumbling and offers the opportunity to demonstrate one’s finest animal sounds. Monk’s illustrations incorporate paint and collage to depict boldly caricatured participants in farmyard tableaux.” --School Library Journal

 


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About the Author

Julia Donaldson; illustrations by Lydia Monks

Julia Donaldson is the best-selling author of many books for children, including One Ted Falls Out of Bed, The Gruffalo, and The Giants and the Joneses. She lives in Scotland with her family.

Lydia Monks is an award-winning artist, and her brilliantly colored collage illustrations are featured in many popular picture books. She lives in Sheffield, England.

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What the Ladybug Heard
Julia Donaldson; illustrations by Lydia Monks

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Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Nevada YR Award Master List

Hardcover

Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
May 2010
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805090284
ISBN10: 0805090282
Picture Book
9 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches, 32 pages, Full-color illustrations throughout
Age Range: 2 to 6
Grade Range: p to 1
$17.99
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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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